Monday, December 22, 2008

Whew

Well, I made it through my last weekend of mayhem. I'm still not quite officially on holidays, going to head back to work for a bit this afternoon and finish cleaning up etc. Things went fairly smoothly, so I'm thankful that there were no major disasters! One small hiccup was during our Christmas party during Sunday School yesterday morning. I had set the projector up to view a movie on the wall, we got it all set up, was working fine, then I turned off the projector until the kids came. When it was time for the movie, I turned it on and fired up the movie. It was going fine and dandy until one of the characters started talking. And they were not talking English, they were talking Chinese. And the mandarin subtitles were even there to help us out! It sounded like an anime movie! So I stopped it, went into language selection on the dvd and chose english. Started it up again....and still in mandarin. Twice more I tried to fix it...to no avail. So I had to run and grab the TV in the corner and shoved the movie in that DVD player...and of course it played fine. SoI figure the other dvd player must be feeling a little homesick for the country of it's manufacture during the holidays, and has decided to only play in mandarin. The Christmas program went well last night, and we got some good laughs out of the preschoolers and grade 1 kids. You can always count on a few to ham it up for the crowd. Their parents are mortified in the audience, but everyone else thoroughly enjoys it! Anyway, I'm off to work and then finish shopping and wrapping tonight, off to Cold Lake tomorrow. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, can't wait to read about your holiday adventures!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'll get there eventually...

Well, Christmas time is once again equalling crunch time. Just a few more things to do before I get to go home and blissfully enjoy doing nothing...
-Kids Club Christmas party tomorrow night (will involve baking cupcakes tomorrow afternoon, and setting up crafts)
-Friday night have to work at Ten Thousand Villages. Hoping to finish my Christmas shopping that night too!
-Saturday morning dress rehearsal for the Christmas program on Sunday. Saturday afternoon working at the church, and then hopefully a reprieve Saturday night...movies, popcorn, hot chocolate...here's hoping....
-Sunday morning Christmas party with the kids at church, after church decorate for the program
-Sunday afternoon is our Christmas program and potluck supper...and I'm hoping after that I'm done, done, done!!! (well, besides major clean-up etc)

It's gonna be a crazy weekend, but I'm trying to let thoughts of a holiday spur me on! I'll be heading up to Cold Lake for a week at Christmas then a few days down in Calgary...yeeesssss!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I'm sick...how are you?

So yes, I am sick. It's just a chest cold, thankfully no worse...but it still stinks that I got sick. I was trying my best...washing my hands lots, and avoiding people who are super sick...but when you work with kids or have to do Christmas shopping in crowded places, it's inevitable that you are going to get sick. So many people have the flu right now (including poor Dion) so I'm praying it doesn't get any worse than this. On the upside, I finally have the chance to use the new cold and flu products I bought at Rocky Mountain Soap the last time I was there. This store really is my happy place.... I bought their Cold and Flu body and linen spray and their Cold and Flu rub. You can use the spray on yourself or your pillow and sheet and the smell of the essential oils is so soothing to your chest (think eucalyptus, peppermint and lavender). And then you can put the rub on your chest and back like Vicks vaporub. The nice thing is that unlike Vicks, it's all natural. Next time you're near a Rocky Mountain Soap shop, go buy something from the nice people there!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

But do they block UV rays?


I saw some Kanye glasses for sale at the mall last week. Two questions:
1. What the heck are the purpose of these?
2. Why do I want a pair?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Maybe tomorrow I'll want to settle down, until tomorrow I'll just keep movin' on.....

Because I don't have enough on my plate already and seem to have free time coming out my...ahem....I have decided to start a new blog. Plus I'm keeping this one too. Well, I'll try it out anyway. You can visit my new blog here.

Also, why didn't anyone tell me that "The Littlest Hobo" comes on TV Saturday mornings at 7:30? I caught an episode last Saturday! Enjoy the theme song and please sing along.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Lesson Learned

So I did something this weekend that was a little crazy, a little risky, a little stressful...I volunteered with the youth. Right now I'm at the point where I know a number of the youth since they came through Sunday School, but that did not make volunteering with them any easier. I was reminded why I do children's ministry--for me it comes more naturally and just seems easier in some respects. I know that many youth pastors run screaming from ministry to kids...so i guess that's why we do what we do, we are just gifted in different ways. My weekend started out with a youth sleepover at the church. I arrived at 11 pm, thinking that we would be in bed by midnight. The youth were so ramped up and excited to be there that I quickly realized I would be kissing my precious sleep goodbye that night. I got put in the room with the jr. high girls (yes, many of you now know where I'm going with this) and I hadn't been in the room 5 minutes when one of the girls was crying because of the drama going on between her and her sister. We did finally get to bed at 1am, after a discussion about the "Twilight" book that one of the girls was reading before bed ("she's reading a bad book in the church" as the whole room was so kindly alerted to--I will blog about this later). I was awake before 7 and as the girls got up, I packed and discreetly went back home to shower before our trip to West Ed Mall. I had a great time shopping at the mall, and visiting with Tammy...and then I got to deal with more drama as I took 6 jr high girls shopping. You'll be happy to know I survived. Barely. Things started out a little rocky ("let's go shop at Aritzia"..."I'm not allowed to shop at that store, my mom doesn't like it") , but we finally decided to go to Lululemon (even though I knew full well that none of the girls could afford anything there). Of course on the way, we stopped in 5 other stores including Abercrombie & Fitch which the girls couldn't afford either. When we finally arrived at Lululemon the girls walked around inspecting everything. They even tried stuff on. I earn a steady paycheck and I've never tried anything on in that store because I just can't justify the price (although I did make a major purchase there of a $12 headband). One of the girls found a pair of pants to buy and lo and behold couldn't afford them. So she asks if I could lend her the money and her mom would pay me back. Uhhhhh.....no. You're 12, I'm pretty sure your mom doesn't want you to buy $80 workout pants. Anyway, I write all this because I had numerous lessons this weekend about what young girls will do to fit in, and how important it is to so many that they be seen doing or buying the right things to look good in front of their friends. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I was like that when I was their age. And then the painful self-reflection came...have I changed? What do I do now to fit in? Do I even care if I fit in? Unfortunately, I didn't really like some of my answers. It makes me so mad that it can be so easy, even as an adult to cave in and do/buy/be what advertising, friends, and our culture says we should do/buy/be. And now I'm left with the question of how I should change these patterns in my life and how not give in to societal ideals or portrayals of happiness. We all know they don't satisfy.